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The Klamath Mountains province of northwestern California and southwestern Oregon is a classic example of a mountain belt that developed by the tectonic accretion of rock assemblages of oceanic affinity during progressive crustal growth along an active continental margin. Consequently, the Klamath Mountains province has served as an important model for the definition and application of the terrane concept as applied to the evolution of Phanerozoic orogenic belts. Early regional studies divided the Klamath Mountains province into four arcuate lithic belts of contrasting age (from east to west): the eastern Klamath, central metamorphic, western Paleozoic and Triassic, and western Jurassic...

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